Exclusion Zone Botanist
A downloadable game
YOU ARE AN EXCLUSION ZONE BOTANIST.
DISCOVER AND DOCUMENT.
Inspired by The Colour Out of Space by H.P. Lovecraft and Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. Exclusion Zone Botanist is an ENNIE-nominated solo drawing hex crawl game.
This one-page, A4 tri-fold brochure PDF solo drawing game includes:
- Corruption Progression List
- Hex map of the Exclusion Zone
- Plant Discovery Guide with leaf shapes and arrangements
- Actual leaf morphology (phytomorphology) terms
- A "low splatter" PDF version that increases readability
- Plant Discovery Guide 9.1b mini-expansion
"Terrifying. The first solo RPG I played to the end in a long time." -- Levoid
"Love the concept, concise, easy to understand and pick up and go. Great little solo game." -- atheral
"This is brilliantly done. It's super evocative and has an easy to grasp gameplay loop with just the right amount of risk/reward calculation to keep things interesting." -- carpedavid
"A beautiful game. A perfect way to blend roleplay and art. One of the best pamphlet games of the year." -- AmidaBosatsu
"An excellent blend of horror, art and pseudo science geekiness!" -- @KawakamiGregg
"I love this, such good inspiration for sketching!" -- @slothgirl
"An inventive little adventure that I thouroughly enjoyed. The plant creation aspect is so creative and inspiring! Immediately decided that a second playthrough is in order, soon." -- myfawnwy
"I found this by chance and I loved the experience! I got a nice hour of journaling plus some really nice plant designs out of it!" -- dorathy
Plant Discovery Guide
Plant Discovery Guide 9.1b is a free mini-expansion for the Exclusion Zone Botanist solo drawing and sketching game. It doubles the number of unusual plant features, expands each prompt, and includes advice for solo journaling.
Requires the Exclusion Zone Botanist core pamphlet and a set of dice, each a different color. This is a separate PDF available for download from this page.
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CW: Isolation, Body Horror
As a solo game, Exclusion Zone Botanist is obviously intended to be played alone. If you are struggling with feelings of loneliness or feeling isolated, help is available.
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